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NEWS: Bush ignored Pentagon lawyers over tactics in war on terror

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posted on Jun, 9 2004 @ 02:50 AM
The Guardian is reporting that the Bush administration bypassed and overruled advice from legal experts on the Pentagon in order to create a justification for the use of harsh tactics in the War against Terrorism.

The Guardian
In one instance, President George Bush's military order of November 13 2001, which denies prisoner-of-war status to captives from Afghanistan and allows their detention without charge or access to a lawyer at Guantánamo, was issued without any consultations with Pentagon lawyers, a former Pentagon official said.

The revelation follows reports in the US press this week of a Pentagon memo that argued that Mr Bush was not bound by laws against torture, and that interrogators who torture detainees at Guantánamo cannot be prosecuted.

The military order issued by Mr Bush in November 2001 was the first such directive since the second world war, and the administration's failure to seek the Pentagon's advice on what would emerge as the entire system of detention at Guantánamo surprised Pentagon officials.

"That came like a bolt from the blue," the official said. "Neither I nor anyone I knew had any insight, any advance knowledge, or any opportunity to comment on the president's military order."

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[edit on 9-6-2004 by Ocelot]

posted on Jun, 9 2004 @ 04:22 AM
I am not a legal expert, thank God, lawyers are the single largest source of corruption and inequality, period.
Unfortunately our President is guilty of War Crimes and will be indicted by the World Court as was Malosivich. We are no longer that respected by the international community. our PRESIDENT AND HIS FALSIFICATIONS OF EVIDENCE AND HIS EXECUTION OF PERSONAL REVENGE HAS DRAGGED THE ENTIRE HONOR OF OUR DEMOCRACY INTO THE GROUND, LET THERE BE NO DOUBT. Kerry is useless, however Bush and his Saudi Cartel are evil and as we move forward this will become more apparent to the populace. And ounce again we will be forced to vote for the lessor of two evils.
If anyone out there believes that our President is open honest and above board, may GOD help you overcome your blind Patriotism and Ignorance. If you are incapable or unwilling to explore the well documented family history
this is your blindness.
Our entire Nation has just been ripped off by a door to door magazine salesman, recognize your stupidity and reverse it.

Polar Bear

[edit on 9-6-2004 by Polar Bear]


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